Blackbird Summary

  • Blackbird is 1.5 Hours long, including an intermission of None
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Began: February 5, 2016
  • Opens March 10, 2016
  • Show Closed: June 11, 2016

Blackbird stars only two actors, a man named Ray (played by Jeff Daniels) and a young woman named Una (played by Michelle Williams). The premise is that 15 years prior, when Una was only 12, Ray and Una had a sexual affair, for which Ray has spent many years in prison. He has only just resuscitated his life and has been living under a new name when Una tracks him down by his photograph.

Blackbird on Broadway Background

This production is directed by Joe Mantello, who directed the show’s American premiere in 2007 at the Manhattan Theatre Club, as well as the following production of the show in San Francisco at American Conservatory Theatre. Mantello is not only one of the most experienced and frequently working director on Broadway, he also has specific experience directing this play. This is the first production of the play on Broadway, and also the first Broadway production of any of David Harrower’s plays, although he has had a very successful career all over the world since his first play premiered 20 years ago in Edinburgh.

Michelle Williams, who made a name for herself long ago on television’s Dawson’s Creek and has continued to star in many films after the hit TV drama series, was seen on Broadway once before, as Sally Bowles in Joe Masteroff's Cabaret (2014). This will be her first performance in a straight play on Broadway. This is Jeff Daniels’ fifth time performing on Broadway, with his last outing in 2009 in God of Carnage, and previous productions including Redwood Curtain in 1993, The Golden Age in 1984, and Fifth of July in 1980.

What’s Blackbird Like?

Blackbird is a play written by David Harrower which premiered in 2005 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. This is a very high quality production of an excellent play. The play is produced by Scott Rudin, who is well known for bringing to life, very exciting combinations with A-list actors and quality theatrical material. Starring two established Hollywood stars coming to the stage for a contemporary classic, Blackbird is poignant, heart wrenching and very well- executed. The play encompasses a lengthy and difficult conversation in which Una displays her variety of conflicting emotions over the affair, from anger to attachment to confusion to curiosity.

Is Blackbird Good for Kids?

Due to dealing with adult themes, the show may be most appropriate for children aged 12 and up. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Theatre Information

Belasco Theatre

111 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 1,040
Entrance: 44th Street between Broadway and 6th Avenues
Theatre Information

Belasco Theatre Seating Chart

Blackbird Marquee

Blackbird Marquee

Cast Members

Ray
Jeff Daniels
Una
Michelle Williams

Producers

Scott Rudin

Production Credits

Direction
Joe Mantello
Set Design
Scott Pask
Costume Design
Ann Roth
Light Design
Brian MacDevitt
Book
David Harrower
Production Stage Manager
Jill Cordle

Creative Team

Advertising Representative
SPOTCo
General Manager
Joey Parnes Productions LLC
Company Manager
Megan Curren at Joey Parnes Productions LLC
Press Agent
Philip Rinaldi Publicity
Production Manager
Aurora Productions
Casting Director
Caparelliotis Casting